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Security tight as Egypt Copts hold Easter mass
Egyptian Coptic Christians observed Easter Mass under tight security on Saturday with the ancient minority still reeling from twin church bombings that killed dozens just days before.
 
Modern life intrudes on Ethiopia's ancient salt trade
Every morning, hundreds of men converge on a dry lakebed in a remote corner of Ethiopia, where they cleave the ground open with handaxes to extract salt, just as their fathers and grandfathers once did.
 
Nigeria marks 3 years since schoolgirl kidnap
Nigerians rallied Friday to mark the third anniversary of the mass abduction of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, as their parents cling to the hope that they can be safely returned.
 
Risk of mass starvation on rise in Africa, Yemen: UN
The United Nations warned Tuesday of a growing risk of mass deaths from starvation among people living in conflict and drought-hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.
 
Zambian opposition leader detained for 'treason': lawyer
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who refused to accept defeat in last year's presidential election, was detained Tuesday on treason charges, his lawyer said.
 
Egypt set for emergency rule after church attacks
Egypt prepared to impose a state of emergency Monday after jihadist bombings killed dozens at two churches in the deadliest attacks in recent memory on the country's Coptic Christian minority.
 
Somalia's new army chief survives car bomb
Somalia's new military chief survived a suicide car bomb attack Sunday just moments after he was sworn in with a mandate to launch a new offensive against Islamic extremists. Thirteen people were killed the attack.
 
Trump to sell attack planes to Nigeria for Boko Haram fight
The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation's security forces, according to U.S. officials.
 
S. Africa's axed minister warns ANC risks losing
South Africa's sacked finance minister on Sunday warned in a speech disrupted by African National Congress (ANC) members that the ruling party risks losing the next general election in 2019 unless it unites.
 
38 dead in Egypt Palm Sunday church bombings
Bombings at two Egyptian churches killed at least 38 people as they gathered to mark Palm Sunday, officials said, in one of the deadliest recent attacks on the country's Coptic Christians.
 
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